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Doctson takes next steps towards return to game action

Doctson takes next steps towards return to game action

Redskins wide receiver Josh Doctson appears to be headed to doing something he hasn’t done since last September—taking snaps in a game. It’s a question of when, not if.

The 2016 first-round pick left practice early on August 6 with a hamstring injury. While the injury wasn’t as serious as it was first feared, it still has kept him out of the Redskins’ preseason opener against the Ravens and out of practice until yesterday.

Doctson has not appeared in a game for the Redskins since last September, when he played a total of 31 snaps in the team’s first two games before being shut down due to a lingering Achilles injury.

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As the team took the field at Redskins Park, Doctson came out in shoulder pads and a helmet. As special teams drills took up the main practice field, he warmed up and stretched over on a side field.

Then the team started position drills. Doctson looked good cutting, working on his footwork, and getting his toes inbounds as he caught some passes near the end line.

After that, the horn blew, the defensive backs came over to work against the receivers, and Doctson stepped aside. He didn’t participate in any of those drills or in the 11-on-11 work that followed.

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After practice, Doctson stayed out and caught a few more passes before heading to the locker room. Jay Gruden said that Doctson is “day-to-day”.

“My plan is to listen to the trainers and Josh and find out when he can go full-speed,” said Gruden. “Tomorrow we’re going to try to see how much more he can do and then we’ll make a decision on Saturday whether or not we can put him in or not.”

It would be surprising to see Doctson play in the Redskins’ preseason game against the Packers on Saturday. Although you can’t rule it out, the team has had a history of using great caution with hamstring injuries, especially in the preseason. Having Doctson go through a full practice for the first time in 11 days and then having him play in a game two days later has the feel of rushing things at a time when it isn’t necessary.

Instead, it is more likely that Doctson will take the field in the Redskins’ third preseason game, a week from Sunday against the Bengals. That will give Doctson a full week of practice to test his hamstring.

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page Facebook.com/TandlerCSN and follow him on Twitter @Rich_TandlerCSN.

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New #RedskinsTalk Podcast: Early NFC East picture, Cravens fallout and setting over/unders vs. Raiders

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New #RedskinsTalk Podcast: Early NFC East picture, Cravens fallout and setting over/unders vs. Raiders

JP Finlay and Rich Tandler put a bow on the trip to Los Angeles, then look at the early NFC East picture, talk adjustments post-Su'a Cravens and set over/unders vs. Oakland.

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Report: Mason Foster getting second opinion on dislocated shoulder

Report: Mason Foster getting second opinion on dislocated shoulder

Mason Foster saved the Redskins’ win last Sunday. He might be watching this Sunday’s game from the sideline, according to a report.

Per Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, Foster is getting a second opinion on the shoulder that he dislocated in the second quarter of the Redskins’ win in Los Angeles. Rapoport said that it is "likely" that Foster will be out against the Raiders on Sunday night.

Foster popped the joint back into place and continued to play, not missing a snap. After the Redskins took the lead with less than two minutes to play, Foster sealed the 27-20 win with an interception on the Rams’ first play after the score.

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The severity of the shoulder injury is not known, but if he is going to get a second opinion that usually means that the initial diagnosis was a fairly severe injury. The fact that he played with it for a half doesn’t mean that the injury won’t cause him to miss time. It’s not unusual for the adrenaline of being in the game will allow a player to push through an injury but problems pop up the following morning.

Fortunately for the Redskins, they do have an experienced backup should Foster miss any time. Will Compton has played in 50 games with the Redskins with 29 starts, including 15 starts last year.

Jay Gruden will speak to the media about Foster and several other Redskins who came out of Sunday’s game with injuries following the team’s practice, which starts at 1:45 p.m.

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Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page Facebook.com/TandlerCSN and follow him on Twitter @Rich_TandlerCSN.